Early in the final episode of The Good Place Chidi is leading a philosophy discussion and a disagreement emerges on the interpretation of a particular sentence in a book by the philosopher Todd May.

Chidi quotes the sentence as "mortality offers meaning to our lives" but an audience member chips in saying that the sentence actually reads "mortality offers meaning to the events of our lives". Eleanor responds that Chidi should know what he is talking about as he has been teaching philosophy for aeons. The audience member disagrees saying he wrote the sentence.

The audience member is Todd May (ie not an actor playing Todd May).

Are there any other examples where real people playing themselves appear in the show?

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    Why do you ignore the presence of Pamela Hieronymi in the finale? slate.com/culture/2020/02/…
    – BCdotWEB
    Feb 13, 2020 at 12:47
  • Because there is no indication as to who she is playing?
    – Paulie_D
    Feb 13, 2020 at 14:23
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    @BCdotWEB I didn't ignore anyone: I asked a question so those who do recognise people can put them in an answer. I happened to recognise May from a picture on the back of one of his books purely by accident. Hence the question to see if there are other examples.
    – matt_black
    Feb 13, 2020 at 14:25
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    It's a real shame they couldn't get Blake Bortles to do a cameo.
    – ruffdove
    Oct 19, 2020 at 23:56
  • @Paulie_D she is referenced by name as Dr Hieronymi
    – OrangeDog
    Jun 29, 2021 at 20:36

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Timothy Olyphant in Season 4, Episode 10

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Nick Offerman in Series Finale - Possibly*

* - It's not clear if he's playing himself or his character from Parks & Recreation but since the scene involves woodworking and Offerman is a well-known woodworker it's likely it was meanto be himself.

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    Ron Swanson is also a highly skilled woodworker though!
    – Darren
    Feb 13, 2020 at 13:24
  • There was a few cameos of ethics experts.
    – Mithoron
    May 24, 2023 at 0:22

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